Archive for January, 2008

Obama Not So Moderate

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I think he’ll be hearing more about this should Barack Obama win the Democratic nomination:

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal’s 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.

The reality of Barack Obama cannot live up to the myth. So far no one has called him out on his actual policy positions, and thus most Americans are not aware of how far to the left he is. As the election season progresses that will change.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

McCain Leads Tennessee

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The latest poll from InsiderAdvantage shows a new frontrunner in Tennessee:

John McCain 33%
Mike Huckabee 25%
Mitt Romney 18%
Ron Paul 9%
Other 2%
Undecided 13%

Survey of 375 likely Republican primary voters was conducted January 30, 2008. The margin of error is +/- 5.2 percentage points.

Rudy Drops Out, Endorses McCain

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Rudy Giuliani, long time Republican front-runner, has dropped out of the race and endorsed John McCain. It’s a shame to see him go. I’ve always been a big fan of Rudy and think he would have made a great president. His record in New York was nothing short of amazing and that was long before 9/11. Sure he’s a bit of a nanny-stater and a little questionable on civil liberties, but really, what Republican isn’t these days? Anyway, he took a gamble and it didn’t pay off. Whoever ultimately takes the White House (assuming it’s a Republican) would be wise to consider Rudy for a cabinet position.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

Edwards Out

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

John Edwards has dropped out of the presidential race. A bit of a surprise. I suspected he would stay in and earn a few delegates in the hopes of playing kingmaker at the Democratic convention. But I suppose he saw that he was unlikely to win enough to even do that. We shall see who he endorses.

I can’t say I’m sad to see Edwards go. Of all the major candidates of either party, he was my least favorite: a former ambulance chaser and economic populist whose entire campaign was built on negativity and divisive rhetoric about “two Americas.” Good riddance.

Cross posted Tennesseefree

McCain Wins Florida, Hillary Gets Symbolic Win

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Another exciting primary and another close finish. The picture is much clearer; it is now down to a two person race in each party. Here’s how I see it playing out for the candidates…

Republicans

John McCain – Huge win for McCain as he proves he can win a closed primary. He is now a clear front runner as he has won more contested primaries than anyone else and holds an overall lead in delegates. It’s not over by a long shot, but with a Giuliani endorsement likely coming and polling data favorable in important states that will be voting next week, he’s got to be feeling pretty good about his chances on Super Tuesday. I’m not normally a believer in endorsements, but I think the Crist endorsement was crucial. It’ll be interesting to see if McCain rewards Crist if he wins the nomination.

Mitt Romney – Romney needed this, no question. He faces a difficult battle, but he’s not out of it yet. But he needs to do something fast or Super Tuesday could be a long night for him. His best bet now is to try to mobilize enough anti-McCain sentiment to get him some major victories, which so far he has been unable to do.

Rudy Giuliani – Rudy is done. I’m a big fan, but his late state strategy simply didn’t pan out. Most likely he will be out of the race soon and throwing his support to McCain. Between Giuliani and Fred Thompson, this election has completely discredited the late state primary strategy.

Mike Huckabee – He has no chance of winning at this point, and I suspect he’s only staying in to help McCain and possibly play kingmaker should it come to that at the Republican convention.

Ron Paul – Just as done as he was at this time last year.

Democrats

Hillary Clinton – The only Democrat to feel any impact from the primary at all, and even so, it’s only a slight one. She gets zero delegates, but she does get a symbolic victory which might give her a little steam going into Super Tuesday.

Cross posted at Tennessee Free

Challenger 22 Years Later

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Yesterday marked the 22nd anniversary of the Challenger disaster:

On this day in 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger Crew lost their lives as the spacecraft broke apart on its way into space.

The crew of STS-51-L mission included pilot Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.

Challenger is one of my very first memories. I was about two months shy of my fifth birthday when it happened and clearly remember the shock and horror of it all. It’s hard to believe so much time as passed.

It was a great tragedy. We should all remember these heroic pioneers who gave their lives in the spirit of exploration.

‘God vs. Science’ is Irrational

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Cameron Clark has a great post on the relationship between science and faith. I mere quote won’t do it justice, so head over and take a look.

Via Glen Dean

Romney Gets a Pass

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Let us hear no more about how Mitt Romney is the ideological heir to Ronald Reagan:

Mitt Romney’s campaign is sending out automated phone calls to Florida Republicans attacking John McCain on taxes and Social Security, an aide to the former governor confirms.

A Florida Republican up in the Panhandle received a robo today suggesting he “take a hard look at John McCain’s record.”

“John McCain voted against the AARP-backed Medicare prescription drug program,” the call notes, in an obvious effort to give seniors pause about the senator.

Further, the call continues, McCain opposed repealing the capital gains tax, the death tax (again — think seniors) and twice voted against the Bush tax cuts.

He’s right to be critical about the taxes, but bashing McCain for voting against the prescription drug benefit? Philip Klein sums up my thoughts succinctly:

Recently, the conservative intelligentsia seems to have decided that McCain must be stopped, and Romney is the man to do it. I understand why economic conservatives are distrustful of McCain, but Romney has given conservatives a lot of reasons to be suspicious of his views of the role of government. Romney still proudly defends his use of individual mandates in his Massachusetts health care plan, even though the idea of coercing private individuals into purchasing health insurance by threatening them with fines contradicts basic conservative principles regarding individual liberty.

If the tables were turned, and it were McCain who was attacking Romney for opposing “the AARP-backed Medicare prescription drug program” I’d immediately receive a press release from the Club for Growth condemning McCain, and the anti-McCain cottage industry of pundits, bloggers, and talk radio hosts would kick into high gear declaring this another example of the disloyal McCain showing his true inner liberalism. If the conservative movement, so desperate to rally around Romney, gives him a free pass on this scurrilous attack on fiscal conservatism, it would be an utter disgrace.

Prepare for a disgrace.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

Here’s to 105 more years

Monday, January 28th, 2008

A fellow Roane Countian has made history for two reasons:

Sunday, Roxie McClendon celebrated an amazing milestone with family and friends.

She turns 105 years old this week.

At the celebration, she received a resolution from the Tennessee House of Representatives, and the City of Rockwood declared a day in her name.

Mrs. McClendon is known as one of the oldest practicing newspaper columnists in the world.

She is a contributor to the Rockwood Times.

McClendon is also considered to be the oldest active member of the Baptist Church in the United States.

When asked if she has any tips on passing the century mark, she stated, “Hard work and the good Lord.”

Truly an inspiration.

Obama Wins SC

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Barack Obama has won South Carolina; Hillary is in second place and Edwards in third. Pretty much as was expected.